We coordinate the following network of accredited organisations to deliver the donated stem cell products to patients for their transplant.
Transplant centres (i.e. major public hospitals) provide transplant services for Australian patients. They care for patients, initiate a patient’s search for a donor with us, select the most suitable donor for their patient, and perform the transplant.
Collection centres – also public hospitals – are accredited by us to collect the donor’s stem cells, including counselling the donor before the collection and ensuring that donor is medically fit and well before, during and after the collection.
Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is funded by state governments to take and test blood samples from those who have joined our registry, for the purpose of stem cell donor recruitment and further testing as required.
Laboratories within transplant and collection centres, as well as specialist tissue typing labs in each state and overseas, who provide a range of lab services for us and our patients.
Cord blood banks manage the donation, storage and release of umbilical cord blood units to patients in need of a transplant, as covered in the Auscord Booklet. They operate within a strict Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulatory framework. There are three public cord blood banks in Australia, in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
We have an extensive network of cooperative relationships with international registries from over 50 countries, to exchange de-identified donor information in an effort to find the best match for every patient.
We are also a member of, and accredited by, the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA). The WMDA works to ensure high quality blood stem cells are available for patients worldwide and to protect donors across borders.
Maintaining strong international relationships is critical as unfortunately around 8 out of 10 Australian patients are dependent on an overseas donor. We continue to advise governments on the need to increase funding for stem cell donor recruitment in Australia. Internationally, over 40 million people have joined blood stem cell registries and there are over 800,000 cord blood units stored world-wide.